There is more than one way to light a kitchen, and ideally, you should use a combination of techniques. Kitchen ceiling lighting should be combined with lighting positioned in other areas, to create the proper flow and brightness. Typically a combination of ceiling fixtures, undercabinet lights, and often track lighting is necessary to create an effective lighting scheme that is both functional and decorative.
Many years ago, a lone ceiling fixture could be found lighting most kitchens. That has changed dramatically over the years and now it is common to light kitchens with fluorescent tube lighting combined with chandeliers, and often recessed lights as well. The most important part of choosing lighting for your kitchen is placing it in the right area. For instance, knowing where to place your chandelier is just as important as choosing to buy a chandelier in the first place.
In today’s kitchens, ceiling fixtures may play a starring role, but they are not expected to carry the show alone. Ceiling fixtures are often used in conjunction with track lights, undercabinet lights, surface mounted spotlights, directional lights, and dimmers to create the right combination of general illumination and task lighting. The more elaborate the kitchen, the more elaborate the lighting arrangement, calling for a carefully planned blend of general, accent, and task lighting.
To light your kitchen well, it is best to consult a lighting professional. He or she can help you select the best fixtures for your kitchen, as well as guide you in areas such as placement, style coordination, and deciding whether or not to install dimmers. Always choose high-quality lighting, for fixtures that last.
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